|Date:||Apr 13, 2021|
|Author(s):||Vera Institute of Justice|
|Topic(s):||Criminal Justice: Crime, Criminal Justice: General, Criminal Justice: Incarceration, Government: Budgets|
New York invests billions of dollars to hold people behind bars in local jails. In total, in 2019 Erie County spent more than $96.3 million on its jails. That is a conservative estimate because it does not include debt service on the jails, buildings and grounds costs, insurance, and other expenses. Every dollar spent on jails comes at the expense of funding other services that could help to build healthy and safe communities.
This fact sheet summaries the cost of incarceration in WNY by The Vera Institute of Justice. It highlights several statistics including: